Tips for hosting or just bringing incredible dishes
We’ve hosted Christmas day at our house for most of the 13 years since we moved into this house. It was a stipulation I gave my parents (well Mom was only issue) because I wanted the kids to be able to stay in their jammies and play with their new toys. Over the years brunch has turned into a favorite. The sky is the limit on what to serve. A little bit of breakfast, a little bit of dinner, it’s all good!
This year we even scheduled a brunch get together with our best friends. It is on a Sunday so we can watch football and eat the day away. I’ll admit, it’s going to be rough getting up and being perky for an 11 o’clock group date but it will be so much fun.
I haven’t set the plans for Christmas day yet but I’m hoping my parents go for a brunch at our house. Hubby works the day before and the day after. In case you are new, he’s a firefighter so he may be super tired on Christmas day and need a nap. Making brunch at 11 works out perfectly with this years schedule. He can get cooking started when he gets home around 8:30 and I can be woken up to hot coffee and other yummy smells. Jealous yet?
If you are going to host Christmas brunch, include the cooking items you need in your master list for Christmas dinner shopping. You don’t want to run out of eggs, milk or bread. These staples are necessary or any holiday meal.
Here are some tips to get you started:
• Decide on the menu ahead of time – keep it simple but with enough variety for your family and friend’s tastes.
• Decide how you will present the brunch. Buffet style is good for early risers and those who want to sleep for an extra 20 minutes.
• Don’t forget the drinks: plenty of fruit juices, milk and teas. In my house it also includes plenty of mimosa’s 😉
• Perform the prep work the night before – casseroles can be put together and refrigerated.
• Don’t forget the setup for a buffet style brunch. You don’t want to run out of pans for the food.
The secret to a holiday brunch is the preparation and a bit of cheating. It is okay because the food will still be good. For example, if you decide to serve blueberry muffins, buy them from the store. Take them out to come to room temperature in the morning. You can cook the sausage the day before until almost done, then heat up and until they are fully cooked the morning of. Same with hashbrowns. Cook until tender and then the morning of you can get them nice and crispy.
Want some brunch ideas?
• Sausage, egg and cheese breakfast casserole
• Assorted muffins
• Fruit Juices
• Fruit salad
• Ham and turkey slices with various breads
The first rule is to keep it simple. Dinner is coming in a few short hours and you want everyone to have room for all that you’ve prepared for the main meal.
Photo credit: Annie Mole
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